Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday March 30th

We only had 4 tables of 6 for Mexicam Train last night...too many left or are leaving this morning.
The meeting was short today also. Our Easter Dinner will be next Sunday and so far 155 folks signed up.
We spent Saturday in Corpus Christi at a baby shower for a Great Grandaughter coming soon.

I just received an email from Janean:

We have a Cancer for Kids sewing project. The Children's Hospital told Dianna Bruce that they need small pillows and pillow cases for the children to hold on too after surgery. We have purchased the pillows but we need pillow cases. The following website shows how to make easy pillowcases in no time at all.…/Pillowcase-with-French-Seams…. The pillows are: 8" wide and 12" long. Sharon Barksdale made a sample pillowcase using the following measurements: Body - 13 X 22"; Heading - 6 X 22"; Trim: 2 X 22". We have 100 pillows so if you would like a sewing project, please let  Janean Berhow know you would be willing to make some pillow cases.  Thanks.

Have a wonderful Easter!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Newsletter for March 23rd

           Rio Valley News
Rio Valley Estates Mobilehome and RV Resort --715 N. Westgate Drive, Weslaco, Texas  78596                                                                                  
Volume 43   NO. 19   Date:  March 23, 2015                      SUNDAY                                                                                                                                                                                                          
 8:30  Church Minister – Bob Kerr   Chair -- Ken Borah
 2:30  Ice Cream                        Need Chairperson
 3:00-4:00  Hymn Sing                  Donna Perkins
 4:00-1st Sun. of Month – Karaoke – Bev Telfor
 5:00 -Park BBQ  1st Sunday of month   Denny & Nancy Argo
 7:00   M.T.Dominoes    Agnes Messner & Dick Topel
 8:30 (tee time) Golf   Monte Cristo    Henry Hryniw  
 9:00  Coffee/Donuts      Faye Werstein & Donalda Taylor    
 9:15  Blood Pressure     Taken by nurse behind the stage
 9:30  Club Meeting                    February-March
          Chairperson                       Judy Nordquist
          Vice-Chairperson              Carolyn Thomson
           Secretary                             Sharon Sprague
           Treasurer                   John Geer
 1:00   Canasta               Fran Hryniw & Donna Gabbert                
 1:00   Bean Bag                       Bob Kerkau
 1:00   Darts
 6:30   Push Rummy                      Kay Hutton
 7:00   Thirty one                           Judy Shively
 7:00   Dance                        Next Season
 7:25   Floor Exercise  
 8:05   Power Walking                 Catherine Donovan
 7:45 & 8:30    Aqua Exercise     Sharon Sprague
 9:00    15 Cent Shuffling              Dave Johnson
 9:30    Line Dancing                        Bev Talley
 9:30    Mission Quilting            Marge Rexroad
 9:30    Men’s Dominoes              
 1:00    Ladies 8-Ball Pool             Bonnie Bryant
 1:00    Bridge               Dick Gibson
 6:30    Fifty Six              
 7:00    M T Dominoes        Agnes Messner & Dick Topel
 9:00   Mixed Shuffling                   Dave Johnson
 9:00   Crafts                            Anyone volunteer ???
 9:13(1st tee time) Golf, Tierra Santa  Harry Fisher
11:30  Pizza Party (2nd & 4th week)   Rickes & Goodwins
 1:00   Bean Bag                            Bob Kerkau    
 1:00   Canasta                              Fran Hryniw                    
 3:30   Happy Hour        Bring snacks, come enjoy !
 6:30   Tic (be there by 6:20)     Sharon Sprague
 7:00   Cribbage                             Bill Hutton
 7:00   Hand and Foot             Mary Christianson
 8:36 (tee time) Golf, The Palms (leave at 8) – Henry Hryniw
 9:30    Line Dancing                      Bev Talley
 1:00    Karaoke (1st week only)     Bev Telfor
 1:00    Bridge           Dick Gibson
 7:00    Pitch                                Judy Shively                    
 7:00    Euchre                          Sherry Cheatham
 7:00    Free Movie                  ??? next season ???
 9:00 – Shuffling                           Dave Johnson            
 9:30    Bible Study               Bob Kerr
 9:00 – 10:00   Clogging          Sherry Cheatham
 1:00    Bowling, Pins & Cues     Needing chairperson
 1:00    Golf (signup 11 a.m.) Executive   Bill Hutton
 1:00    Canasta                           Fran Hryniw                    
 5:00    Pot Luck                     Denny & Nancy Argo
 7:00    Entertainment          
 7:00-8:30 Breakfast   Biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs
 9:00     Dummy Rummy      LeRoy Larson, John Bowers          
 9:30     Choir Practice              
 1:00     Bridge  Dick Gibson
 7:00     Bingo             Catherine Gibbs
 7:00     Single Deck Pinochle   Raymond & Margaret Davis
 7:00     Texas Hold'um
(Get names of new chairpersons to editor at Lot #103 please)

RVE CLUB MEETING – Judy Nordquist, chair, called meeting to order. Began meeting with Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “God Bless America” & closed with club song.
Accompanist – Jan Delashmit
Invocation – Sandy Novak
Secretary Report –  Sharon Sprague
Treasurer Report – John Geer
Do-nuts were compliments of Bill and VeldaLee in honor of Mary Christianson’s birthday last week.
   MANAGEMENT REPORT – Managers Bob & Vickie Davis. No management report this morning, but Bob did leave a reminder to no longer deposit newspapers in the  back of the hall.  Each person is encouraged to recycle his own: There are bins on the corner of Texas and Business 83 and a complete Recyce Center by the Airport.
Website for Rio Valley Estates is
    Club website by Judi DeKoning is .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.
   You can read Donna Gabbert's blog year-round.. go to
   Properties report was by Ron Zoeller. who said quotes are in and final for the kitchen remodel.  Work will be done over the summer with Ken Barnhart overseeing the project.  The blood pressure cuff has been returned and is in file cabinet if anyone needs it.
Board members:  Properties –  Clyde Read, Dave Cochran, Ron Zoeller;  Finance – John Geer, Charlotte Therrien, Marge Rexroad.
   Donna Perkins does greeting cards until end of April.  Sign these in office area.  Her phone number is 817-371-9730.  If you know of someone needing a card due to illness or death of family member, contact her.   Cards were sent to Stan and Jean Burkinshaw for the loss of a family member, Grant Harter, whose father passed away, and the family of Bob Miller (former resident) who passed away.
 Therriens, Bobby Gabbert and committee are serving Saturday morning breakfasts in March .. biscuits, gravy & scrambled eggs.
Quick note from last week:  The newspapers have been piling up and getting rather unsightly.  Irene Quail stated that Philiip’s, Benson’s and Quail’s have in the past taken these to Mexico. She has expressed concern that they don’t care to go that far off the main street anymore.  LaVerne will take the current pile to recycle… but please do not deposit any more papers in the back hall.
 Upcoming Events:  April 5th
There WILL be a church service Easter morning at 8:30 AM

Easter Dinner .. Barnharts chairing  Sign up sheet in back; please get your name in so Ken can buy hams this week.  Bring a dish to pass, your table service and ladies, please wear your Easter Bonnets.  (I understand all other females should also wear hats)  J
Ron Talbert reported the Dance Committee has some exciting new ideas for next year.  Tables can be reserved and perhaps there will be more available in a ‘store’.  Parking is being addressed.  First dance will be January 4th, 2016 featuring Hitman.   Volunteers are still needed!

Elections will be held next week for Chair and Vice Chair April through November.

Patti Shellito expressed thanks to the RioValley  neighborhood for the assistance and support in the care of Harris.  She included a brief background of care giving trial and responsibilities as well as reiterating how much better Harris  does surrounded by friends.
Jan Philipp and her two daughters, Kelly and Kari, along with their families, wish to give a big THANK YOU to all the Rio Valley friends who helped with Gary’s Celebration of Life and were kind enough to make sandwiches, cookies, etc.  The support and love of our little community is greatly appreciated!
    NOTICE.. Newsletter editor will be gone part of  March, so there was NO NEWSLETTER last week.  Thanks to Judi DeKoning who has TRIED to take over the duties for March 23 edition.  Get your notes to Judi at #67 .. it will help her greatly.  Editor will try to do at least 2 more newsletters after that one on the 23rd.

  Dave Johnson, #93, & Sharon Sprague, #244, have park directories for sale, $1.50 each.  Write any changes on sheet in back of Friendship Hall.  No changes this week.

   Judi DeKoning has placed a tentative schedule of next year's activities/events on board in Friendship Hall.  Residents can note any changes that need to be made.

   Please note there is a sign up sheet in Friendship Hall for those who will be celebrating special Anniversaries next season (March 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016).

  Don't forget Happy Hour at Friendship Hall every Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Bring snacks to share plus your choice of beverage.
    All are invited to Thursday breakfasts, 8:00 a.m. at Fiesta Tex-Mex (this is weekly get-together).
   Don't forget the Park Pizza Party this Wednesday at Peter Piper Pizza, 11:30 a.m.  Bring your cup. This will be the last one for the season.

   Soup of the Day event was a BIG HIT and we’ll be looking forward to it next year!  Organizing the dinner are Bobby & Donna Gabbert.
    Barnharts have volunteered to chair Easter Dinner on April 5.  Sign up sheet is in rear of hall.  Bring dish to share & your table service.  Ham and tea will be served.
Easter Bonnets will be the theme.  Decorate and wear yours!
  A barbecue grill will be built this summer with Ken Barnhart working on plans. This will hold all the steaks, chicken, chops, ribs, brisket, whatever you could ever want to grill!  Park owner is paying for most of this. The awning is up and cement was poured this week.

 How about summer activities up north?  Editor will
print dates on these if she receives info on them ..

  Iowa Potluck is in Story City at noon on July 8, Janean Berhow/John Geer chairing.  Want to stay overnight in Story City, motel phone number is 515-733-6363.

  The Clermont (Iowa) Campout is Aug. 2-9.  Terry from SkipAway called recently  just wanting to remind campers to give her a call to verify they plan to attend.  Call her at 563-423-7338 or 563-380-0841.  She's had a request from a group of 6 campers that would like spots in our circle .. but NO NO NO .. she said she has it saved for us.  Just wanting to be certain we will be using all the spots.  ?? Contact Bensons who host.  We can get you phone numbers of motels in area if you don't have a camper & wish to join us.  We do have a lot of fun!

GAME RESULTS   Place scores, winner names, complete information on dates & name of game in plastic container back of Friendship Hall.   Write legibly.
BEAN BAGS – March 9 – Ron Talber/Bob Kerdau
            Dorothy Byant, Dean Ricke
          March 11 – Dorothy Bryant & Jim Bryant
BRIDGE – March 10
 1st – Ed Hover 2910 2nd – Dick Gibson   2750
 March 12-
 1st – Dolores Mason    3290   2nd – Dick Gibson 2290
March 17
1st – Ed Hover    4130   2nd – Maude Fisher 3570
March 19-
1st Margaret Davis 4570   2nd – Dick Gibson 2350

CANASTA – Table of 4 -
March 9th –Frank Willard/Donna Gabbert   29305
 March 13th-– Fran Hryniw,  Frank Willard 31055
 March 11 – Frank Willard / Judi DeKoning   31150
March 16 – Lorraine Origer / Fran Hryniw  34225
March 18 – Donna Gabbert / Mary Jean Stewart   32185
March 20 – Donna Gabbert / Lucy Cote  34095
Table of 6 –
March 9 – Lucy Cote / Marge Rexroad / Marion Fidler 34525
March 18 – Val Cleland / Marion Fidler / Maud Fisher 20170

CRIBBAGE – March 11 - No 900’s
March 18 - Kay Hutton 935
DARTS – March 9th-
 1st – Mary Christianson 2nd – Beverly Talley
March 16th
1st –Beverly Talley     2nd Catherine Gibbs

  Mexican Train – March 10 – Diana Ateah, Donna Gabbert, Gerald Messner, Ken Borah, Fran Hryniw, Ernest Cote, Mary Lou Sirovy, Patti Lamp, Dick Topel, Dorothy Borah, Frank Willard, Lucy Cote, Maria Walton
 March 15 – Bonnie Cassidy, Agnes Messner, Maud Fisher, Virginia Baker, Ken Borah, Alice Talbert, Marge Reishus, Grace Thornton, Ernest Cote, Mary Nelson, Erna Spiegelberg, Patti Lamp, Mary Christianson
 March 17th  Donna Gabbert, Diana Ateah, Gerald Messner, Fran Hryniw, Dick Topel Beverly Talley, Pat Olafson, Ann Johnson, Doris Armstead, Bonnie Cassidy, Opal Wilson, Maud Fisher, Margaret Morrow

DUMMY RUMMY –  March 14 -
 1st Dave Printy     207          2nd – Agnes Messner    215
 3rd – VeldaLee Clement  239      4th Ron Baker  269
March 21st
1st  Bev Telfor  231                         2nd  LeRoy Larson  250
3rd  Norm Hold   253                      4th  Al Lenius  263
 Executive – March 13  –
 Ladies  Nancy Stokwisz -45      Mens   Henry Hryniw  33
March 20th
Ladies  Nancy Stokwisz -49    Mens   Henry Hryniw  34
(Do I see a pattern here????)  
Monte Cristo – March 9th  –
1st  Henry Hryniw  72        2nd  Bill Hutton   96
Palm View  March 12th
1st Henry Hryniw  74    2nd  Paul Sprague  84
PINOCHLE – Single Deck – March 14th
 High – Martha Millenger  490     2nd  Del Telfor  470

PUSH RUMMY – March 9 -
Maud Fisher, Marion Fidler, Dorothy Westrum    390
March 16th
Marion Fidler,   225

SHUFFLING – March 11th  – Gerald Messner, Bill Hutton, Earl Olafson, Dick Topel
March 13th  Henry Hryniw, Earl Olafson, Dave Mason, Ross McAuley, Kathey McAuley
March 18th Agnes Messneer, Ernest Cote, Dave Johnson, Gerald Messner
March 20th Agnes Messneer, Dave Johnson, Dick Topel, Dave Mason, Ross McAuley, Bill Hutton

TIC – March 9th   - 1st Ron Werstein 131, 2nd Paul Sprague 170, 3rd Ron Zoeller, 179, 4th Clarence Moore 184
 March 16th   - 1st Kathryn Ratcliff, 131, 2nd Mar Hicks 155,
3rd Herb McClish 176, 4th Virginia Baker 199

As many leave for our ‘other’ homes up North, please travel safely and have a good summer.  Looking forward to returning to Rio Valley and seeing all of our friends in the Fall.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Soup Supper

Our soup supper was a lot of fun, and trying 12 different soups was fun, trying to decide which one I liked the best was hard. 12 couples made a roaster of their favorite soup and 188 people or so had a great time going from table to table tasting their soup.
Maxine made a Louisiana soup it had shrimp in it.
Here's Carmen with Dave and the Topels. Carmen made a delicious soup like they serve at Olive Garden "Zuppa Toscana" 
Charlotte made her Cajun soup which went over big! And beside her is Dottie with her Bacon Potato soup!
Here's Mary and Maude they made a Vegetable Cream soup, you can see on the back wall ,that hanging over each roaster was the name of the soup and persons who made it.
Mark and Betty Wieners...she made a great Cheddar Cheese soup!
Dave and Jerry helped a lot and Bobby is in the back sampling some soup.
A big bunch of hungry folks ready to start eating
2 of our great "Chefs" Sue and Sandy
Sue made a really tasty Vegetable Beef soup and Sandy made Chicken and Rice soup
Other folks who made soup were Kathy Cochran, Taco soup, Marge Reishus and Ann Johnson made Cheeseburger soup, Nancy Argo made Cream of Broccoli, and I made Cowboy soup.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Too much rain!

We hope all those folks heading out in the next week or so don't have to be towed out! It sure has been a crazy Winter of nasty weather.

A joke for ya...

In surgery for a heart attack, a middle- aged woman has a vision of God by her bedside. "Will I die?" she asks.

God says, "No. You have 30 more years to live."

With 30 years to look forward to, she decides to make the best of it. So since she’s in the hospital, she gets implants, liposuction, a tummy tuck, hair transplants, and collagen injections in her lips. She looks great!

The day she’s discharged, she exits the hospital with a swagger, crosses the street, and is immediately hit by an ambulance and killed.

Up in heaven, she sees God. "You said I had 30 more years to live," she complains. "That’s true," says God.

"So what happened?"

God shrugs. "I didn’t recognize you."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Grant Harter Sr.

Grant Harter Sr. passed away


Weslaco, Texas, formerly of Des Moines

Grant Joe Harter, Sr., 99, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Aurora House Hospice in Weslaco, Texas. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, family visitation 12:30-1:30 at McLaren’s Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines, IA.

Grant was born in Des Moines, IA the son of Joseph and Rose (Schoonover) Harter. He was a longtime electrician as a member of I.B.E.W. Local #288, was a member of South Gate Masonic Lodge #657, and attended Eastside Church of the Nazarene for many years. He loved traveling, woodworking, fishing, boating, and working at his trade.

He is survived by his son; Grant J. Harter, Jr. of Weslaco, TX; sister, Rosemary Eaton of Norwalk, IA; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Grant was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Harter; his parents; sister, Dorothy Griffeon; daughter, Judith A. Graham; grandson, Gary Lee Graham; and daughter-in-law, Marna (Joann) Harter.

Grant will be missed very much by his family and friends.
 — in United States.


Friday, March 13, 2015


I found this too be very interesting...all the mushrooms collected by the Tomasiewitcz's from Canada...they are leaving Monday to go home.they are in 410 here in the park. I hope they find lots of mushrooms again this year!

 Lots of canned mushrooms!

Stan and Janina raise a huge garden and grow most everything, they also have their own bees, lots of fruit trees, both Stan and Janina hunt deer and I think bear, they fish and get lots of Walleye too.

They make their own wine!

Fishing in the park?

I wonder if Rollo caught any fish today
We sure had a good rain here in south Texas this week